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An Authentic Journalist

The School of Authentic Journalism is a place that few imagine, but which many need


By Hazel Zamora
School of Authentic Journalism, Class of 2015

February 17, 2016

“Something didn’t fit”, was the only feeling that I had when I was looking for places to learn and practice journalism. Despite it, I knew for sure that I wanted to be a journalist.

I was looking for something, a place where I could learn to practice investigative journalism, to tell stories, to understand, report, denounce and create paths to improve our society. However, I only found desks where they asked me to copy notes, download images and discuss meaningless topics. For many students who are just starting, this seems to be the only path journalism offers in Mexico and it is discouraging to find yourself between these walls.

I soon decided that this wasn’t the way I wanted to start this profession, so I kept looking. Last year I came across The School of Authentic Journalism ́s call for applications. The approach looked promising and although I didn’t really know what to expect, I ventured in with forty other people to become part of the 2015 generation. The fact is that the School of Authentic Journalism is a place that few imagine, but which many need.

What “didn’t fit” for me was a journalism that does little to help and benefit our society. At the school, I found a very appropriate name for the journalism I was looking for: authentic journalism.

At the school I learned important journalistic tools, such as nonviolent civil resistance, community organizing, coverage of social movements and journalist safety. It is a space to share, create, listen and debate, but above all it is a place that allows you to believe and act.

In “formal” journalistic training, something basic and completely human is forgotten: sharing with others.

Listening to all the participants, among whom there were photographers, organizers, writers, broadcasters, artists and students, made me realize the importance of the work we are doing; echoing voices, denouncing injustice and creating better realities in our world.

When I finished the School of Authentic Journalism I knew something more. Not only did I want to be a journalist, now I want to be an authentic journalist.

The School of Authentic Journalism exists because of people that believe in change through pen and action, because of those who strive each year to make it possible and also because of donations from everyone that believes in this great project.

This is why I am asking your help so that we can continue to train generations of authentic journalists, to keep creating spaces for those who, like me, continue to search for a space to make real journalism. The school is more than a dream; it’s the story that we build every day with our work, and you can be a part of it with the donation of your choice to the Fund for Authentic Journalism. Help us make the 2016 school happen, and beyond, for many more years to come.

Join the Kickstarter campaign or go to authenticjournalism.org to learn more about the school.

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